Students at FHSU encourage civic involvement


Mitchell Hall, Student Body President
Fort Hays State University
Office: (785) 628-5311
American Democracy Project

HAYS, KS -- From Feb. 15 through March 20, college and university students from across the nation will take a pro-active role in encouraging young people to become active citizens. Students at Fort Hays State University are joining in this nationwide initiative.

A group of FHSU students has recently started a "Raise Your Voice" campaign in conjunction with the statewide campaign sponsored by Kansas Campus Compact. The intent of Raise Your Voice is for students to encourage others to become active citizens, or civically engaged. This group believes that there needs to be an increase in student awareness and activism, and a larger emphasis on incorporating students into the community as valued members of society.

FHSU students are conducting voter registration drives from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 9 and 10 in the Memorial Union and evenings at the dormitories. Additionally, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 13 and from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 14, students will be located at Wal-Mart in Hays to encourage citizens in the community to become active in politics and register to vote.

Kelley Kuhlman, a leader in the effort, said, ?The Raise Your Voice Campaign at Fort Hays State University is committed to increasing student awareness on our campus and in institutions of higher education across the state. We hope that this voter registration drive will be the first in a long list of successful awareness-raising events sponsored by this organization.?

Students involved in Raise Your Voice encourage everyone who is not registered to vote to stop by any of the locations to register. ?We hope that through our efforts in the community and on campus, people will begin to realize the importance of voting and other forms of civic engagement and begin to take an active role as a citizen,? said Mitchell Hall, Raise Your Voice participant. ?We really hope that people will get the message that good citizens participate in government at least in the most fundamental way, voting.?

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